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The Reading Railroad By: Paul Gangewere
History  <ul><li>The railroad was originally started in 1833 as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.  </li></ul><ul><li>...
History Continued… <ul><li>The RR was one of the very first railroads in the United States  </li></ul><ul><li>The reason f...
History continued… <ul><li>As profits increased, so did the expansion of the railroad. The purchased and leased other rail...
Bankrupt  <ul><li>In1971, the railroad had to file for bankruptcy. </li></ul><ul><li>The railroad began to get less and le...
This is a map to show the routes of the Reading Railroad
Historical Significance <ul><li>This was a very important company that benefitted the coal industries.  </li></ul><ul><li>...
E. Paul Gangewere <ul><li>My great grandfather was a very important part to the Reading Rail Road.  </li></ul><ul><li>He b...
The T-1 Locomotive <ul><li>Was created to make the long journeys to the mid-west.  </li></ul><ul><li>This locomotive was v...
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  1. 1. The Reading Railroad By: Paul Gangewere
  2. 2. History <ul><li>The railroad was originally started in 1833 as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. </li></ul><ul><li>The original railway was constructed from town of Pottstown, thru Reading and down to Philadelphia. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History Continued… <ul><li>The RR was one of the very first railroads in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>The reason for its construction was to transport anthracite coal from north east Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. </li></ul>* Picture of the Spring Garden St. Station on the Reading Viaduct.
  4. 4. History continued… <ul><li>As profits increased, so did the expansion of the railroad. The purchased and leased other railroads in the Schuylkill River Valley and Pennsylvania Coal Region. </li></ul><ul><li>At one point in time the RR was one of the largest corporations in the world. (net worth of $170 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Once coal decreased in price and need the railroad depended highly on the travel of Americans to make some profit. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bankrupt <ul><li>In1971, the railroad had to file for bankruptcy. </li></ul><ul><li>The railroad began to get less and less money for there transportation of coal due to the new way of power, oil. </li></ul><ul><li>They were forced by the government to continue to operate money-losing jobs and transports. </li></ul><ul><li>The railroad began selling off some of its property to try to recover from bankruptcy. </li></ul>
  6. 6. This is a map to show the routes of the Reading Railroad
  7. 7. Historical Significance <ul><li>This was a very important company that benefitted the coal industries. </li></ul><ul><li>It helped a good number of families travel up and down the northern east coast. </li></ul><ul><li>It created numerous job opportunities. </li></ul>
  8. 8. E. Paul Gangewere <ul><li>My great grandfather was a very important part to the Reading Rail Road. </li></ul><ul><li>He became the president in 1960-1964. </li></ul><ul><li>He help and designed the new locomotive, in his era, called the T-1. </li></ul>Picture of the T-1 locomotive
  9. 9. The T-1 Locomotive <ul><li>Was created to make the long journeys to the mid-west. </li></ul><ul><li>This locomotive was very fast an able to reach speeds of 140 mph even with a 1,000 ton train. </li></ul><ul><li>They were very high on </li></ul><ul><li>maintenance and that’s is </li></ul><ul><li>caused the train to be scraped </li></ul><ul><li>and they switched to a more </li></ul><ul><li>reliable train. </li></ul>Photo of the T-1
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